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The journey of coming into contact with salvation through the blood of Christ begins with a hearing of the gospel (Romans 10:17), which produces faith in us (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:16), and the realization that we are lost without Christ. We are commanded to repent of our sins and turn from our old ways (Acts 2:38), confess our belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God (Romans 10:9) and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 22:16), and we are added to his church.
Once we are baptized for the remission of our sins, we are a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Christian enjoys a special relationship with God and is called to the task of ministering to God and his people. The life of the Christian should reflect the holy calling by which they are called. Through the gospel all are called to participate in and enjoy the abundant blessings found in Christ Jesus and to live a life of holiness which involves our ministry to others.
As Christians we have been called to Love God and others (Mark 12:30-31). Each day our goal should be to serve Him, and to reach others with the gospel of Christ (Luke 9:23; Mark 16:15). Because of God’s goodness, we seek to love and minister (serve) to our friends, brethren, and enemies (John 15:12-13; Gal. 5:13-15; Matt. 5:42-48), and we seek to be like Christ in all we do and say (Peter 2:21). His life was all about serving (Matt. 20:28), and his followers must likewise seek to busy themselves in helping others with their physical and spiritual needs.
No Matter Who You Are
At the East Side Church of Christ, there is a place for you. Whether you are young or old, married or single, a new or older Christian, there are numerous things you can do to influence others for the cause of Christ. You have something to offer. YOU have the power to influence others.
No Matter Where You Are
No matter where you are YOU can help others with their struggles and concerns. Perhaps you are lying in a hospital bed, busy at work, struggling with a family crisis, alone for the first time, or busy raising a family, you have within your reach the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Through prayer, or words of encouragement, an act of kindness, in leading a Bible study, or by perhaps doing all four, you can help others to grow closer to God.
No Matter What You Might Think
With God working in us to create both the desire and power to do His will (Phil. 2:13), we can accomplish great things. When we pray (James 5:16), when we plant, and when we water, God will give the increase (1 Cor. 3:7). Together, all of us can minister to God, one another, and to the world.
History of the East Side congregation
While there are older church congregations in Bradley County, East Side Church of Christ is the oldest congregation in the city of Cleveland, TN.
In 1913, Brother J.M. Carl and his wife moved from Nashville to Cleveland. They had always been accustomed to attending church every Sunday. Since there was no church in Cleveland, they got busy rounding up the few members that were here . The original membership consisted of Bro. and Sis. Carl, Bro. and Sis. Jake Richmond, Brother Hardy, and Bro. and Sis. W.C. Phillips. Brother Phillips held tent meetings around the area to establish churches of Christ. They met on Sept. 29, 1913, in a lodge hall across from the Courthouse that is now known as Stampers Furniture.
The following was recorded in the East Side personal record book: “On September 29, 1913, less than a dozen members met … to worship as the scriptures direct and erected the first organization of the church of Christ in Cleveland, Tennessee.”
In 1916, a small parcel on 35th Street was purchased for a building, and sometime in the 1930s, the congregation built an auditorium in a small, square building, which now stands in the center between two later additions at the current location at 252 Wildwood Avenue. By January 1947, the adjoining corner lot on 4th Street was purchased and the house on it was removed. In 1949-50 the church building was remodeled and enlarged. Adjoining property was purchased in 1965 and again in 1969. In February 1971, the new auditorium with a seating capacity of just under 500 was completed.
“When the new auditorium was completed in 1971, the original auditorium was divided into six classrooms, which were ready for use in the autumn of 1971. In 1986, a third wing was added on the corner of 4th and Cincinnati streets, which consists of fellowship hall, offices, restrooms and four additional classrooms. In 2004, additional property was purchased across the street for future parking and in 2005, the house on the corner of 4th Street and Wildwood Avenue was purchased and demolished for more parking space.
We would be thrilled for you to join us at East Side at your next opportunity!